Individual and Memorial Collections
- The Suzuka Collection (Main Library)
This is the former collection of Mr. SUZUKA Sanshichi, the Urabe Shinto priest (of Sakyo-Ward, Kyoto). Most of the collection is related to Shintoism, because the Suzuka Household were Shinto priests from the Medieval Age, but it also includes tales, essays and diaries. This collection consists of 7,432 items of materials related to the Kokugaku (The textual and interpretive study of Japanese classical literature and ancient writings), in the form of manuscripts, printed books from engraved wood, reproduced books, typed books, scrolls and boxed collections. They were
purchased between 1977 and 1978. Some items were donated by the Suzuka
- The Horiuchi Collection, 128 books (Main Library)
These are manuscripts and printed books dating from the
Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1600) to the beginning of the Meiji period (ca.
1868). These are source materials for recent literary research in Ehime
about the Kokugaku (The textual and interpretive study of Japanese classical
literature and ancient writings) and include studies of the Tale of Genji.
The catalog of the collection was completed in March 1999. They were
entrusted to the Library in 1987 by Mr. HORIUCHI Shozo, a descendant of the
Horiuchi Household in the Gogoshima Island, Matsuyama.
- The Nagano Collection (Medical Library)
This is the former collection of the Nagano Household (of Komatsu-Cho,
Shuso-Gun), a family of doctors in charge of the Komatsu
Clan. This collection consists of 242 volumes
in 89 sets dating from the middle of the Edo period to the Meiji period.
These constitute important historical medical writings, covering internal
medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, obstetrics, and gynecology, in the form of
manuscripts and printed books from engraved wood. They were donated in 1992
by Mr. NAGANO Shi-ichi, the master of the Nagano Household.
- The Ehime University Memorial Collection (Main Library)
This collection was established in 1959 in commemoration of the tenth
anniversary of the University. Professors of Ehime University donate their
publications to the Library, serving both to enrich the resources of the Library and to promote research. They are located on the shelves just inside the entrance of the reading room one on the second floor of the Main Library.
The Library purchased the following collections with the budget for expensive materials allocated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
- Documents from the Shosoin (Main Library)
These are imperial documents of the Nara period (710-794) from the Shosoin at Todaiji Temple in Nara. This is one of the principal historical materials of ancient Japan. The original consists of 45 volumes, an additional 50 volumes, and a set on daily life of 39 volumes. There are also a second and third series, consisting of 53 and 50 volumes respectively, and a fourth series of 439 volumes. The documents consist of 110 sets of books made by photographic reproductions of the originals. They were purchased in 1979.
- Collection of World Economy (Main Library)
These are composed of annual reports and research materials related to the global economy, with an emphasis on international trade and finance. This collection consists of 283 volumes published mainly in England and the United States. They were purchased in 1982.
- Compendium of Industrial Statistics (Main Library)
This compendium contains basic statistics from 1909 to 1979, published by the former Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Commerce and Industry, the former Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. It includes volumes on industries, products, companies, towns and villages, land and water use. The materials are recorded on 1,479 microfiches. They were purchased in 1985.
- The collection of the writings of Hegel, his followers and his critics (Main Library)
This collection consists of 424 volumes, including first editions of works published by the German philosopher George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) during his lifetime, first editions of the collections of his lectures published after his death, representative revised editions including those by Lasson and Hoffmeister, and the writings of both Hegelians and Hegel's critics. They were purchased in 1987.
- Research Materials on the History of the Japanese Forestry System (Main Library)
Based on the documents of the lords of Clans, forest officials, village headmen, landowners, and forest contractors, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries compiled material on land policy in relation to forest areas and ownership of forestry, and on systems and practices regarding afforestation, tree cutting, transport of wood, and tree planting. This collection consists of 20,000 items, a total of 800,000 pages, which are classified according to their former domains and administrative authorities, and are recorded on microfilm. They were purchased in 1988.
- Foreign Relations of the U.S. (Main Library)
The documents in this collection cover U.S. foreign relations in general from 1861 to 1968 and include letters from heads of state, original texts of treaties, the President's Annual State of the Union Message to Congress, and special messages related to diplomatic problems. Among these are a special collection related to the assassination of President Lincoln, diplomatic exchanges related to World War I, documents regarding Russia from 1916 to 1918, and documents on Japan-U.S. relations from 1931 to 1941. They were purchased in 1992.
- The Bibliotheca Shakespeariana (Main Library)
This is a comprehensive collection of documents related to Shakespeare dating from the 16th century to the present. The materials are recorded on microfiches and consist of about 2,000 items, a total of 800,000 pages. This collection is classified into 28 research categories, which are being classified into eight sub-categories. They were purchased in 1994.กก
- Collection of English Literature: The Middle Ages to the Modern Age (Main Library)
These concern the society, culture, and economy of England from the Middle Ages to modern times. This collection consists of 182 titles and 222 volumes. They were purchased in 1997.
- The Hinamikiji, 12 volumes (part of the Suzuka Collection)
This collection dates from 1676. The preface was written in 1685.
This is a guide to annual events held in Kyoto. This document describes everyday events in the following order: seasonal events, Shinto ceremonies, court affairs, daily business, death anniversaries, Buddhist memorial services, and exhibitions of Buddhist icons. Furthermore, the events of the intercalary month and special events appear in the volume at the end of the year. These historical materials provide a rich source of detail about the actual circumstances of events, customs, manners and languages.
- The Saijoshi Manuscripts, 20 volumes (Main Library)
These documents were written according to the directive of MATSUDAIRA Yorisato, the lord of the Saijo Clan in the Iyo region. They are a regional history of the Saijo domains and its villages written by the Confucian scholar HINO Nikoteru of this Clan. Nikoteru, who was commissioned to write the history in 1836, required the village headman to give him regional documents and, with the editorial assistance of TAKEUCHI Zaisuke and others, conducted a survey of each village, completing the study in 1842. This collection was published on CD-ROM, on the Web, in October 2001. It was purchased in 1955.
- The Tale of Yamato of the Suzuka Household, 1 volume (part of the Suzuka Collection)
The popular edition of the Tale of Yamato was based on the version from the Nijo Household, but this book is an alternative version and is considered to be closely related to the Mikannagi Book, which is located in the Tenri Library. The exact date of transcription is unclear, but the book is considered to date from the middle of the Muromachi period (1338-1573).กก
- The Tadamanju Scrolls, 2 volumes (Main Library)
The Manju is a representative tune of Kowaka Dance Music. Surviving books related to the Manju may be divided into two categories: those to be delivered as lectures and those to be read. The Tadamanju Scrolls are thought to have been produced for the purpose of reading. There are considered to be about 10 scrolls belonging to the Nara style of illustrated books.
However these are the only illustrated scrolls of this kind. They are estimated to date from the middle of the Edo period. They were purchased in 1956.
- A partial Collection of the writings of Hegel, his followers and his critics
This collection starts with works of the writer Le Bree, in whose works Hegel's name first appears. It includes the first edition of a work published by Hegel while he was alive, and the first edition of a collection of Hegel's lectures published after his death, as well as the second and third editions of works by both Hegel and his critics. This collection consists of 105 volumes.
- The Beizan Diaries, 202 volumes (Main Library)
These are the diaries of MIWADA Beizan, the Shinto priest and calligrapher of Matsuyama, written between 1848 and 1897. They were purchased in 1967.
- The Ejima Household Documents, 164 items (Main Library)
These documents were written by EJIMA Tamenobu, one of the highest-ranking officials in the Imabari Clan in the beginning of the Edo period, and consist of various writings including correspondence and strips of fancy paper (for writing a haiku or a tanka on). They were entrusted to the Library in 2001 by Ms. EJIMA Masae, a descendant of the Ejima Household.